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ERIC Number: EJ905147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1071-6084
Is the Serpent Eating Its Tail? The Digital Divide and African Americans
Horton, Jacqueline
Journal of Technology Studies, v30 n4 p17-25 Fall 2004
The Digital Divide is alive and well in America. What this means is the technology haves and the have-nots are continually growing further apart. Due to the pace of change in the field of computer technology, this divide widens faster in less time. Playing catch-up becomes an increasingly more difficult game to endure, with the government, public, and private sectors trying to invent ways to level the playing field. However, many of those who are left behind (Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, those with education below the high school level, single parent families, those with income less than $25,000/year) are trying to catch up themselves by accessing computers in community centers and libraries. The purpose of this study is to look at racial overtones to Internet access. It is assumed that it is important to have both computer and Internet access to compete in both school and work. By looking at how the Web is being used, ways can be suggested to make computer access easier and more convenient for African Americans, thereby increasing their interest in computer technology and information. The author provides a discussion on content and the Internet. He suggests three stages of the Digital Divide in America. The first stage is lack of computer access. The second stage is lack of access to the Internet, and the third stage is lack of expertise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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